Pollution

UK lawmakers push for raise in carbon taxes
February 5, 2008 05:47 AM - Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain should raise environmental taxes after failing to meet a pledge, made by the ruling Labor Party when it was elected in 1997, to tax pollution more, a committee of lawmakers said on Tuesday. Since 1997 environmental taxes had fallen as a proportion of all taxes, the committee of parliamentarians from all major political parties said in a report entitled "Climate change and the Stern Review: the implications for Treasury policy."

China asks for more leeway on greenhouse gas
February 4, 2008 11:29 PM - Reuters

CANBERRA (Reuters) - China said on Tuesday it should be given more leeway over its rising greenhouse gas emissions as it was a world manufacturer and exporter, benefiting people at home and internationally. "China is a manufacturing country. China produces lots of goods which are not only used in China, but all over the world," Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi told reporters in Australia.

Banks set emissions standard for U.S. power sector
February 4, 2008 09:39 AM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three Wall Street banks said on Monday they will set environmental standards that factor in risks posed by carbon-emissions when lending to power companies that seek to build coal-fired power plants. Citigroup Inc, JP Morgan Chase & Co and Morgan Stanley will form "The Carbon Principles," climate change guidelines for advisors and lenders to power companies in the United States.

Is Climate Change Making Us Sick?
February 3, 2008 09:33 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

Ask the people of Yorkshire. As a result of global warming, many homeowners this week are up to their waists in muddy water. And flooding could be just the beginning of our worries. This week a paper in the British Medical Journal gave warning that climate change could be particularly damaging to the health of people in the developing world, but research also suggests that it could be bad news for Britain. Delegates at a conference in London on Tuesday will be told that global warming will drive up rates of cardio-respiratory disease, diarrhoea and insect-borne diseases such as malaria in the UK.

Agriculture is Altering Mississippi River Chemistry
February 3, 2008 09:26 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Over the past 50 years, farming has altered the hydrology and chemistry of the Mississippi River, injecting more carbon dioxide into the river and raising river discharge, finds a study by researchers at Louisiana State and Yale universities. LSU Professor R. Eugene Turner and graduate student Whitney Broussard, along with their colleagues at Yale, tracked changes in the discharge of water and the concentration of bicarbonate, which forms when carbon dioxide in soil water dissolves rock minerals.

Canada panel suggests $2 bln carbon capture plan
February 1, 2008 09:01 PM - Reuters

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian governments should spend C$2 billion ($2 billion) to encourage the capture and storage of carbon to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a government-commissioned panel recommends. The panel report, released late on Thursday, flags carbon capture as a way of curbing emissions while continuing to make economic progress, but the panel said it needs government help to get the idea off the ground.

Workweek fumes may make some weekends drier
February 1, 2008 05:45 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Air pollution may have a silver lining in some parts of the United States -- it might help make summer weekends less rainy, according to a new study. Scientists have long questioned whether particulate pollution from vehicles and factories, which is higher during the workweek, changes weather patterns.

London hosts world's largest low emission zone
February 1, 2008 10:34 AM - Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - The world's largest clean transport area comes into effect in London on Monday. The British capital's low emission zone will add to its reputation as a leader in sustainable transport policies, following its congestion pricing scheme.

Green Power, Energy & Corporate Transformation
February 1, 2008 09:26 AM - , Triple Pundit

Some already established companies are proving to be particularly adept change artists, capitalizing on the green and clean tech trends to craft and carry out corporate strategies that transform their organizations from the top-down and from the bottom-up. Many are found in Europe, where new EU laws and regulation are establishing new ground rules for the energy and power industries.

U.S.-Vietnam dioxin effort makes progress at airport
February 1, 2008 08:28 AM - Reuters

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnamese military technicians have capped an area of a former U.S. military airport with concrete to stop dioxin or "agent orange" contaminating a lake, part of a joint project to deal with a bitter war legacy. The measures taken in recent months at Danang in central Vietnam were temporary, but an important milestone, a group of prominent Vietnamese and Americans said on Friday.

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